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Is This Love? (1957)

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2 couples are getting married - one couple rush to tie the knot, while the other's courtship lasts a lot longer. The two relationships are compared.

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Production Company: Crawley Films, Ltd.
Sponsor: N/A
Audio/Visual: sound, B/W
Keywords: Social Guidance; Marriage; Gender Roles

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Average Rating: 4.33 out of 5 stars4.33 out of 5 stars4.33 out of 5 stars4.33 out of 5 stars4.33 out of 5 stars

Reviewer: nostalgicbutterfly - 4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars - April 15, 2010
Subject: Missing some key points, but for its time... not bad.
I have been married for nearly 13 years - our courtship was minimal - spent merely 8 months dating. I do believe that there can be "clicks" that happen instantly - but the parents of Peggy are right about thinking about the future.
The wrong route they took was by telling her she would not last in a marriage. That is the sure fire way of making her flee into his arms quicker if to just make her parents angry like she was.
The other gal... was she just a little old to be marrying a college age student or was that just me? In the beginning, I thought she was Peggy's mother or teacher or something. I had no idea she was a peer.

Reviewer: Vianne - 4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars - May 6, 2008
Subject: Poor naive Peggy
Wow. Is it just me or does Peggy seem to be rather delusional and naive? She also seems to be sort of a little brat as well, she just likes to rush into things and not think about the possible consequences of her hurried actions and have a fit if anybody tries to talk some sense into her, and rushes to the JOTP with goofy looking Joe who seems to be more suited to be an accountant rather than a football player, just to PO her parents.
Liz on the other hand, looked like she was in her 40s, but at least she had sense enough to let her relationship with Andy build up, she has a good head upon her shulders. She's probably laughing on the inside when she has the sixth sense that Peggy will probably end up like, say, Britney Spears....
So in ending, it was a rather good and well acted film to make us think about how to approach something as big as marriage, it doesn't condemn Peggy for rushing into it, but it asks if you think she was right for doing so even if you think she may or may not find happiness with "football player" Joe.

Reviewer: autoguy - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - May 18, 2006
Subject: So dreamy!
Joe's so handsome, and this time it's the real thing! Uh-huh, we heard about the long train of boys in high school, Peg, they like those nice sweater puppets you have, don't they? Hmmmm? Oh, it's different, really it is! But gosh Peg, you can't just rush in by golly. Peg doesn't like waiting, she's "just not like that". But that's no secret to all the boys, is it Peg? Uh-huh, more of the usual "it's hard to stop" I bet. But then, Peg "doesn't have to think when she's found the right man". She just has to take her panties off. A wonderful quality to find in an atractive young lady, absolutely! And gosh Andy, I'm ten years older than you think I am! And thanks Liz, you sure are swell, let's gossip! Oh gee Peg, look, it's mom and dad. No theoretical stuff for Peg please folks, it's such a pain. She's hot to trot and that's all there is to it dammit! And dad knows it too. The standard touch of hysterics says dad? He would know, it's his daughter. An emotional disaster area looking for something she never got at home. So, Peg will be in the sack with some new guy in a month or two huh? Goes with the program, run away Joe! RUN big dummy, RUN! Nope, the moron sucks up big time, and jumps in to take the big dive! And so we are left to ponder the question, is this love? Nah. But big dummy Joe has no clue, so what the hell, right?

Reviewer: ERD - 4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars - February 25, 2006
Subject: Thought Provoking Film
This 1957 film doesn't directly condemn or say that the 3 months love affair will fail once the couple gets married. It does tend to caution youngsters to stop and think before rushing into such things, however. For its time, it was a good script that was well acted and directed.

Reviewer: Spuzz - 4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars - March 11, 2005
Subject: Love Hurts
Quite similar in scope to 'Are You Ready For Marriage?' except that this seems to have a lot more thought behind it. Peggy gets engaged to Joe after a brief courtship, after all, they've got a lot in common, and they'll get by while Joe gets a career in Football! Liz, Peggy's roommate is also engaged, but she and Andy have been going out for a longer time (which Peggy derides as being 'old fashioned'.) Noone understands how they feel, not Liz or her parents (who are quite funny here). So what do you think is right? Well, after watching 'Are You Ready For Marriage' too many times, I'm convinced already lol.
Bonus points for Liz being the oldest College student ever seen. Highly reccomended! (Not her, the film lol)

Reviewer: Christine Hennig - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - September 27, 2004
Subject: Perhaps Not, But It's Better Than Boredom
Which relationship is "real" love: the attractive, exciting, but impulsive couple planning on eloping after the girl's parents try to cramp her style by wanting to actually meet her fiancee, or the boring, old-looking couple that have been dating for over a year and a half and won't be married until after graduation? The film tries hard to convince us the latter relationship is superior, but it undercuts it's message by making the former look so much more exciting and fun. They could have at least found actors to play the "respectable" couple that looked like they were actually college-aged. Great fun.
Ratings: Camp/Humor Value: *****. Weirdness: ***. Historical Interest: *****. Overall Rating: *****.